Launch of Convergence special issue on critical technical practices in digital research


Our special issue on critical technical practices in digital research has now been published. ūüéä

There will be a hybrid launch event on Wednesday 10th July, 2-4pm (CEST). This will include an introduction to the special issue, brief presentations from several special issue contributors, and discussion about possibilities and next steps. You can find further details here.

A brief overview of the special issue can be found here and is copied below.

A special issue on ‚ÄúCritical Technical Practice(s) in Digital Research‚ÄĚ co-edited by Public Data Lab members¬†Daniela van Geenen,¬†Karin van Es¬†and¬†Jonathan W. Y. Gray¬†has been published in¬†Convergence:¬†

The special issue explores the pluralisation of ‚Äúcritical technical practice‚ÄĚ, starting from its early formulations by Philip Agre in the context of AI research and development to the many ways in which it has resonated and been taken up by different publications, projects, groups, and communities of practice, and what it has come to mean. This special issue serves as an invitation to reconsider what it means to use this notion drawing on a wider body of work, including beyond Agre.

A special issue introduction explores critical technical practices according to (1) Agre, (2) indexed research, and (3) contributors to the special issue, before concluding with questions and considerations for those interested in working with this notion.

The issue features contributions on machine learning, digital methods, art-based interventions, one-click network trouble, web page snapshotting, social media tool-making, sensory media, supercuts, climate futures and more. Contributors include Tatjana Seitz & Sam Hind;¬†Michael Dieter;¬†Jean-Marie John-Mathews,¬†Robin De Mourat,¬†Donato Ricci &¬†Maxime Cr√©pel;¬†Anders Koed Madsen;¬†Winnie Soon & Pablo Velasco; Mathieu Jacomy & Anders Munk;¬†Jessica Ogden, Edward Summers & Shawn Walker;¬†Urszula Pawlicka-Deger;¬†Simon Hirsbrunner, Michael Tebbe & Claudia M√ľller-Birn;¬†Bernhard Rieder, Erik Borra & Stijn Peters; Carolin Gerlitz, Fernando van der Vlist & Jason Chao;¬†Daniel Chavez Heras; and¬†Sabine Niederer & Natalia Sanchez Querubin.¬†

There will be a hybrid event to launch the special issue on 10 July, 2-4 pm CEST.

Links to the articles and our evolving library can be found here:

If you’re interested in critical technical practices and you’d like to follow work in this area, we’ve set up a new mailing list here for sharing projects, publications, events and other activities:

Image credit: ‚ÄúAll Gone Tarot Deck‚ÄĚ co-created by Carlo De Gaetano, Natalia S√°nchez Querub√≠n,¬†Sabine¬†Niederer and the¬†Visual Methodologies Collective¬†from¬†Climate futures: Machine learning from cli-fi, one of the special issue articles.

Back to posts